Word of the Day: Dislodge

By Daniel Scocco

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Dislodge (dĭs-lŏj’) means to remove someone or something from a previously occupied position. You could put your feet on the table, for instance, dislodging the papers that were present there.

Republicans agreed Thursday to let Democrats push debates on overtime pay and other economic priorities in an effort to dislodge a stalled tax cut for American manufacturers. (USA Today)

Robert Green is ready to resume his quest to dislodge Paul Robinson as England’s first-choice goalkeeper. (The Guardian)

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5 Responses to “Word of the Day: Dislodge”

  • lpt

    Hey thanks for the word of the day. It seems obvious to some, but may not be so obvious to others.

    Just want to ask, how do I get to view all of your posts that you have posted during this month?

  • lpt

    Oh I’m so stupid! sorry! I just! saw Archives! can’t believe I didn’t see that before.


  • Daniel Scocco

    Ipt, you are correct, the archives is the best way to browse across older posts.

  • Bob Mankoff

    I believe that the term implies more than mere repositioning or rearranging. Doesn’t the word usually suggest that the movement was forced or involuntary or at least required effort? Saying “I dislodged my car from the driveway” would generally imply that it had been stuck.

  • Daniel Scocco

    Bob, I think it can mean that, but does not necessarily do.

    I will check other sources to confirm.

    Thanks for the input.

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